1926 in New Zealand

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1926 in New Zealand
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A census was held in March 1926.

Male Female Total
Usually resident population 716,310
Overseas Visitors 3,333 1,167 4,500
Total 719,643 688,497 1,408,140


Regal and viceregal[edit]


The 22nd New Zealand Parliament continued with the Reform Party governing.

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]


  • Writer and adventurer Zane Grey first visited New Zealand, helping to popularise big-game fishing
  • Department of Scientific and Industrial Research established
  • Pavlova reportedly created by a Wellington hotel chef in honour of the visit of Anna Pavlova
  • Ash eruption of Red Crater, Mount Tongariro
  • Dr Leonard Cockayne publishes the first part of Monograph on New Zealand beech forests, which argued that the forests could be managed with a rotation of 80–120 years, but warned about overgrazing by deer.[3][4]
  • 15 April: By-election in Eden, won by Rex Mason (Labour). As a result, Labour became the dominant party in opposition, with 12 seats compared to the Liberals' 11.
  • 15 November: The Balfour Declaration asserts the right of New Zealand and other dominions to exist as an independent country.
  • 3 December: Nine miners died in an explosion in the Dobson coal mine near Brunner

Arts and literature[edit]

See 1926 in art, 1926 in literature, Category:1926 books


See: 1926 in music


See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: 1926 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1926 films



  • The 35th National Chess Championship was held in Dunedin, and was won by S. Crakanthorp of Sydney, his second title.[5]


  • New Zealand, along with India and the West Indies, is admitted to the Imperial Cricket Conference, increasing the number of test playing nations to six.


Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

Rugby league[edit]


  • 1926 Chatham Cup won by Sunnyside (Christchurch)
  • Provincial league champions: [10]
    • Auckland: Tramways
    • Canterbury: Sunnyside
    • Hawke's Bay: Whakatu
    • Nelson: Athletic
    • Otago: HSOB
    • South Canterbury: Colmoco
    • Southland: Ohai
    • Taranaki: Auroa
    • Waikato: Huntly Thistle
    • Wanganui: Woollen Mills
    • Wellington: Hospital


Category:1926 births


Category:1926 deaths

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
  2. ^ "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008. 
  3. ^ Cockayne, Leonard (1926). "Monograph on New Zealand beech forests". N.Z. State Forest Serv. Bull (4). 
  4. ^ "New Zealand plants - timeline - 1900 to 1949". University of Auckland, School of Biological Science. 
  5. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions
  6. ^ "PGA European - Holden New Zealand Open". The Sports Network. 2005. Retrieved 25 March 2009. 
  7. ^ edited by A. H. McLintock (1966). "Mens' Golf - National Champions". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 13 February 2009. 
  8. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  9. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
  10. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999. 
  11. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 

External links[edit]

Media related to 1926 in New Zealand at Wikimedia Commons